Having made pickles for our family and friends for several years, they encouraged us to sell the pickles rather than give them away, thus Franklin Road Preserves was launched in 2013.
We are fortunate to have a larger than average back yard with excellent soils which allow us to grow all manner of summer vegetables.
I have spent several years in the bio organics industry and have great passion for recycling organic matter wherever possible, consequently we are constantly making compost for our own use and don't use any artificial fertilisers.
Quite by accident I discovered several years ago that by regular application of seaweed liquid plants grow strongly enough to resist attack from insects and most harmful bacteria. Consequently I have not used any chemicals in my vegetable garden since then (2010) so while we are not certified organic all our vegetables are grown organically.
Like most people I seem to be able to grow an abundance of zucchini and when my wife Liz came across a recipe for pickled zucchini we decided to give it a try and to our delight it has become a favourite, so no long tradition in that recipe, just great eating!
The Brinjal Kasundi (eggplant chutney) is our most popular product, this recipe was given to me by Natalie Forsythe-Stock of Ferment Wine Centre in Orange to whom I am eternally grateful. We currently have three options being mild, medium or hot, all gluten free.
All our fresh produce used in our preserves is home grown using organic methods.
No chemicals or artificial fertilisers are used, our produce is grown the way nature intended.
They do not contain any colouring, preservatives, artificial flavourings or thickeners
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Eggplant Chutney (Kasundi)
Bread & Butter Cucumbers
Nan’s Apple Sauce
So to date we offer twelve products none of which contain any preservatives, colouring, flavours or thickeners all the vegetables are home grown with no added chemicals or artificial fertilisers.
All our products are hand made in small batches, we endeavour to keep our use of sugar to a minimum.
If you have a favourite recipe you would like us to make please get in touch.
The secret recipe.....
The bread and butter cucumber recipe has been handed down from my maternal grandmother. She was a keen gardener with whom I spent many happy hours in her veggie garden as a boy (she loved soaking cow pats in a bucket of water then using the water to fertilise everything is sight).
In his retirement my father was also a keen pickler of produce from his garden.
In April 2014 the city of
Orange held an Apple
Festival, and invited anyone interested to come along & sell their apple products. We approached an orchardist friend to supply us with some fruit, which he happily did.
We again turned to Nan's special recipes. We used her traditional Apple Sauce recipe and with only slight modification, in the form of not adding any sugar as we had deliberately used sweeter apples, we produced our first batch of apple sauce.
An Apple a day.....